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Where did the word come from??? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:19, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

There is something about the Latin and Greek words for silver in the article, but very little about the Teutonic word "silver". I think you will find that it appears in all Teutonic languages with regular sound laws. It seems to be unrelated to the above two mentioned. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MissouriOzark1947 (talkcontribs) 11:52, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
This is a very old borrowing of unknown provenance, possibly Akkadian sarpu. It is not only the source of all the Germanic words for Ag, but also the Slavic ones (e.g. Polish srebro, Russian серебро). Double sharp (talk) 08:24, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

MarnetteD and Materialscientist please comment on this[edit]

why's this edit being deleted?

Silver nano particles have been shown to react with stomach acid producing the toxic salt silver chloride. [1] Silver has been shown to negatively effect glutathione in mammals. [2]

Well, for starters, because people not signing their posts and using references on talk pages are disliked in general. The misuse of "effect" probably also has something to do with it. — LlywelynII 07:34, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

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“Reaching a peak production of 200 t per year, an estimated silver stock of 10,000 t circulated in the Roman economy in the middle of the second century AD, five to ten times larger than the combined amount of silver available to medieval Europe and the Caliphate around 800 AD.” So, most of that silver ended up in China, right? Is there a source to trace the destiny of all this silver? Eight or nine kilotons of silver travelled through the Silk Route by those six centuries? Just this is a very curious question, and I don't believe that a large portion of that silver could just be lost or transformed. I think that the answer, is available, should be put into the article beside the quote. Thanks. - (talk) 19:31, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Silver/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Jclemens (talk · contribs) 02:42, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

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Initial read-through[edit]


  • "Silver metal is used in many premodern monetary systems" is? was? It's surely still used in coinage somewhere, but I wouldn't call those pre-modern systems.
    • Pure silver metal, to my knowledge, is basically a premodern thing outside special bullion coins; I would agree that silver alloys shouldn't be called a "premodern" use because they were in use till quite recently, though I don't think there are any left now. Anyway I think this is probably too much detail for the lede, so I've cut it to just say that Ag is used in bullion coins (it's one of those four metals to have a currency code, along with Au, Pt, and Pd). Double sharp (talk) 15:26, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
  • "Silver is used in numerous applications other than currency, such as solar panels, water filtration, jewellery, ornaments, high-value tableware and utensils (hence the term silverware), and as an investment medium (coins and bullion)." Of all of these, water filtration is not a specific item, while everything else in this list is. That may be OK, but do you want to tighten that up? Jclemens (talk) 05:43, 2 May 2017 (UTC)



  • "Silver artifacts undergo three forms of deterioration" Specify them more explicitly? Note that in the "Silver does not react with air" paragraph, above, Silver Sulfide tarnish is already mentioned. Do we need to mention it in two places? Jclemens (talk) 05:43, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
    • Hopefully improved now, just giving it a cursory mention as tarnishing. Double sharp (talk) 15:30, 4 May 2017 (UTC)


  • Everything seems to parse fine, but the chemistry is such that I would be unable to spot a non-glaring error. Jclemens (talk) 02:37, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
    • Well, as long as the average interested reader can get something out of it, I think it's as much of a success as we can expect! ^_^ I wrote this section a while before the rest of the article (since the previous chemistry section which it replaced was not really up to snuff), so I could go give my sources another quick read-through to see if I've messed up anything in the paraphrasing and summarisation of important information. Double sharp (talk) 15:57, 4 May 2017 (UTC)


  • Does this need to be its own section? Jclemens (talk) 02:37, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure if having it be its own section is a good idea either, but I'm not sure if it fits particularly well in any of the existing ones; do you have a suggestion for it? Double sharp (talk) 13:59, 3 May 2017 (UTC)


  • Again, with a secular article do you prefer BC/AD or BCE/CE? It's consistent now, so not an issue, just a question.
    • I personally prefer BC/AD as being more easily distinguishable, and it tends to draw less attention to itself for me. Double sharp (talk) 14:29, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
  • "The origins of silver production in India, China, and Japan was almost certainly equally ancient," Was? Were?
  • The New World technology doesn't appear to be chronological. Should it be?
  • Is 'plundering' NPOV?
  • "and Argentina:;" Pick a punctuation. Either works, probably, but not both... Jclemens (talk) 02:37, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Symbolic Role[edit]

  • Dunno that Greek really needs to be wikilinked.
  • I think 'religious' leaders is unnecessarily 'safe': the allegation is that Judas Iscariot, a Jew, was paid 30 pieces of silver by Jewish leaders to betray Jesus of Nazareth, another Jew.
  • I am fine with the Hebrew scripture quotations. Be prepared for someone to come along and object for no good reason whatsoever, though. Jclemens (talk) 02:55, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
    • When I put them in (since Weeks includes them) I was mentally preparing myself for another Fe situation. ^_^ Double sharp (talk) 14:31, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Occurrence and production[edit]

  • How do the first sentences of the first and third paragraphs related to each other? They seen redundant, describing silver's combination with sulfur in nature.
  • Compared to what Iron had, there doesn't appear to be a lot about the process of production. Jclemens (talk) 02:55, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
    • What I was going for here is that the first paragraph describes minerals containing primarily Ag; but these are too sparse now to serve as useful sources, so the rest of the section describes instead the current sources, which have Ag as a secondary constituent. Because true silver ores are not really exploited today (too little of that) there is naturally not as much about production as there is for Fe. Most of the Ag produced from ores of base metals like Cu, Pb, and Zn follows the production of those metals until the electrolytic steps covered in the article (which uses Cu as the example), so the stuff before that isn't really focused on Ag and varies quite widely depending on which metal is being followed. I will try to tighten this to make it clearer, hopefully by tomorrow. Double sharp (talk) 15:10, 3 May 2017 (UTC)


  • Earliest, or earliest known coin? There's also the 'western world' qualifier, but nothing about Eastern coinage is included in the subsection. Also, shouldn't western be capitalized?
  • Do we have any numbers on the ratio of jewellery to coinage in silver usage?
  • How does silver polish work chemically? Does it just remove the surface layer?
  • For the urinary catheter and VAP references, I'd recommend putting them with their specific clauses, rather than together at the end of the paragraph, even though it's quite clear by title which refers to which.
  • Is anyone actually still making vacuum tubes? The tense implies so.
    • Yes, but mostly for restoration of vintage equipment. Since this is essentially a historical application now I've changed the tense for it. Double sharp (talk) 15:32, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Nanoparticles has a clause on the inability of bacteria to develop resistance to silver that is likely more interesting to and appropriately placed with the medical uses section. Jclemens (talk) 02:16, 4 May 2017 (UTC)


  • The explosive notes seem redundant to the discussion in 'other inorganic particles'. Having it in two places won't necessarily be bad, of course... Jclemens (talk) 02:16, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
    • Yeah, I wondered about that for a while. The trouble I find is that both sections feel slightly incomplete without the explosive notes: like it or not, explosion is kind of the signature reaction of these compounds (the silver azide article has the hilarious line "In its most characteristic reaction, the solid decomposes explosively"), and it is quite evidently something that one needs to be wary of. For that reason I rather like the near-duplication, since the first mention focuses on the chemistry of what happens, and the mention in "Precautions" focuses on how to stop it from happening in the first place. ^_^ Double sharp (talk) 15:47, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Second Look[edit]

None of the outstanding issues/ideas/comments are sufficient to deny a GA for this article at this point. Congratulations! Jclemens (talk) 19:04, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

Thank you, though I shall still go through the remaining ones to get it even better! ^_^ Double sharp (talk) 01:45, 6 May 2017 (UTC)